To stand out. How do you do that when so many things we do in our work are reduced to commodity?
After all, if you’re on a factory floor putting widget A into thingamabob B all day how do you stand out? What if, heaven forbid, you’re sitting in a cubicle filling out TPS reports (from Office Space – great movie)? How do you stand out?
I believe what Bob Proctor said about getting rich. He said, “You don’t get rich doing certain things, you get rich doing things in a certain way.” The same can be said for standing out. It’s not what you do – it’s in how you do it.
Boring jobs are just that, boring jobs. Break the monotony by adding some enthusiasm and intent to what you’re doing. It will be noticed. Your boss and your peers will probably ask you what’s going on. Keep it up and people will begin to mark you as someone they want to have around. You’ll stand out.
The second way to stand out is to actually take a stand. Success in any endeavor means you will have to go your own way from time to time. It will be unpopular and there may a cost involved. Pay it.
You cannot be successful and please everyone all the time. At some point on your journey you will tested regarding your integrity, your time or your principles. Choose to be your own person and make your own decisions. Those who take a stand, stand out.